Gang chases and threatens tourist because he failed to tip street performerBy Mason White 12:32 PM January 1, 2014
By: John Roberts
A tourist in Italy had the scare of his life after he failed to tip a street performer, according to police reports.
Performers dressed in elaborate costumes and standing still, are a common sight in tourist attractions around the world.
One man in Italy, got more than he had bargained for when he stopped next to a living statue in Rome, in order to take a few pictures.
The 39-year-old was chased and threatened by a group of men after refusing to tip the street performers outside the Roman Forum.
Italian police have arrested three Bangladeshi men, one of them just 17-years-old, in connection with the incident.
The tourist took several pictures of the statues that seemed to levitate while sitting on the hidden platform. However, when he left without leaving a tip, all hell broke loose.
After taking a few steps back, five angry performers surrounded him.
The men chased the tourist and threatened him, police said.
The tourist was told that he owes coins to the performers and he needs to pay up.
The terrified victim managed to flee from the scene before reporting the incident to the police.
They now face charges of attempted extortion of a tourist.